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hold on



hold on

  1. To grasp or grip firmly.
    Hold on tightly to the railing.
  2. (idiomatic) To keep; to store something for someone.
    Hold on to my umbrella while I ride the roller coaster.
  3. (idiomatic) Wait a short while.
    Hold on while I get my coat.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The departure was not unduly prolonged. In the road Mr. Love and the driver favoured the company with a brief chanty running. “Got it?—No, I ain't, 'old on,—Got it? Got it?—No, 'old on sir.”
  4. (idiomatic) To remain loyal.
    He didn't give up his fandom when others did; he held on.
  5. (idiomatic) To persist.
    • Jonathan Swift
      The trade held on for many years.
    • 2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0-1 Wolverhampton”, BBC:
      That scare aside, Wolves had little trouble in holding on for their first league away win of the season and their first over the Reds since little-known striker Steve Mardenborough gave them a victory at Anfield in January 1984.

Usage notesEdit

This verbal phrase is technically intransitive, but it almost always takes an indirect object in a transitive sense by means of the word "to".


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